Goodnight, Angels

Goodnight, Angels

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by Melody Carlson, Sophie Allsopp
     
 

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Goodnight, rubber duckie. Thank you for the scrub. Goodnight to the bubbles, Sliding down the tub. As a little boy says goodnight to the things and people in his world, he remembers to offer a thankful nighttime prayer to God. Goodnight Angels gently draws children to sleep as it reminds them that God is watching over them. It’s a sweet bedtime story told in

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Goodnight, rubber duckie. Thank you for the scrub. Goodnight to the bubbles, Sliding down the tub. As a little boy says goodnight to the things and people in his world, he remembers to offer a thankful nighttime prayer to God. Goodnight Angels gently draws children to sleep as it reminds them that God is watching over them. It’s a sweet bedtime story told in the classic tradition and filled with a spiritual heart.

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Kirkus Reviews
A little boy says goodnight to his friends, family, toys and household items in this earnest but unsuccessful effort that is a pale imitation of the concept and structure of the classic Goodnight, Moon. The unnamed child, who appears to be 4 or 5, narrates the story with rhyming couplets in "goodnight to the…" format. He bids his friends goodnight as he heads home with his parents, and then says goodnight with the structured format as he moves through snack, bath and bedtime rituals. The only religious content is in the final two spreads, when he says goodnight to "Father God" and the angels watching over him, providing a comforting conclusion. The wording of the text is often not true to the voice of a child ("the last bit of my bedtime snack"), and the choice of objects (rubber duckie, bath bubbles and bunny slippers) and overall tone create a sticky-sweet effect. Allsopp's panoramic illustrations in watercolor and pencil and a flowing type treatment for the rhyming lines provide a pleasant visual interpretation but can't save the limping text. Older preschoolers will find this too babyish, and toddlers (and adults) will prefer Brown's classic. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Carlson's Christian-themed addition to this well-worn genre is filled with goodnight rhymes in an awkward rhythm addressed to the people and objects in a young child's daily life, ending with a prayer of thanks. Allsopp's watercolors are sweet, rather lifeless renderings that depict the action on each page. Strictly additional.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310716877
Publisher:
Zonderkidz
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
627,032
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Goodnight, Angels


By Melody Carlson

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2011 Melody Carlson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-71687-7


Chapter One

Goodnight to the bird and the butterfly. Goodnight to my friends. I have to say goodbye.

Goodnight to my wagon. Didn't we have fun? Goodnight to the big clouds and sinking sun.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.

Sophie Allsopp grew up in a small English village and Hong Kong, where she particularly enjoyed living in a hotel and going to school on a tram. After studying for her illustration degree, Sophie won several awards and has now been illustrating for over 20 years. She lives in England with her husband, son, and a cat called Sadie.

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